Don’t Take Your Toilet for Granted

World Toilet Day - November 19, 2013The Commode, Water Closet, Baño, Lavatory, Throne…Whatever you prefer to call it, we’ve got you covered with some important “toilet” tips this month.

The Importance of Toilets – Don’t Take your Loo for Granted!

Living in an area where plumbing systems have been in use for decades, we may forget what life is like for others around the world who do not have such systems implemented. According to the United Nations, of our world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. Yet, only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines. This means that 2.5 billion people live in conditions without proper sanitation.

Recently, in an effort to raise awareness about the lack of access to toilets around the world, the United Nations declared November 19 as “World Toilet Day.” Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary General, said, “Today’s decision to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November will help the UN raise awareness and mobilize action that can save millions of lives. 2.5 billion people lack toilets, and poor sanitation is a leading cause of disease and child deaths. Everyone needs a place to go!”

Proper plumbing is critical in protecting the health and cleanliness of people, our water supply and planet. The plumber protects the health of a nation; what was once a luxury is now a necessity.

Important Changes for Toilets in 2014

Water shortages are a serious problem in California. Stricter water conservation standards will go into effect starting January 1, 2014. What does this mean for you? Starting in January, it will be illegal for stores to sell toilets that require more than 1.28 gpf. The 1.28 gpf toilet models are classified as a High Efficiency Toilet. Manufacturers have already prepared for these changes by developing and designing new products that will use less water, while still getting the job done. However, if you want a toilet that flushes with more than 1.28 gpf, you will need to purchase it before January 1!

Toilet Selection: What to Consider when Buying a Toilet

When purchasing a toilet, consider buying one with simple replacement toilet parts inside the tank. The chlorine in our water deteriorates the rubber flappers and seals. At one point or another, you will need to replace those parts, and when that time comes, you’ll want to be able to easily locate them.

Toilet Length:

Toilet models come in two lengths: round front or elongated. The elongated length has an extra two inches. Some elongated models are the same distance from the wall as a round front is, but the additional two inches are found in the seat area.

Toilet Height:

Toilets come in a standard height of 14 1/2”. Now many models are available in 16 1/2” or comfort height. This is more like the height of a chair.

One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Toilets

Most 2-piece toilets are less expensive, but don’t come with seats. One-piece toilets come with a seat that is usually a better quality than those on the 2-piece toilet.

Seat Options

– Painted wood

– Plastic, with regular or slow-close lid and seat.

– Bidet Seat: features a heated seat, warm water and a wireless remote control to work a variety of cleaning functions.

If you have any questions about your current toilet or the coming changes for toilets in 2014, stop by our showroom or call us at (619) 583-7963.

Author: nkeithly

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